Nov 30, 2018

Koga Chouchin Saomomi Matsuri (Paper Lantern with long Banboo Stick), Ibaragi

Koga Chouchin Saomomi Matsuri (Paper Lantern with long Banboo Stick), Ibaragi

1st December, 2018 | at Koga JR Station, Koga City, Ibaragi Pref.
During the Chouchin Saomomi Festival (literally “Paper Lantern Bamboo Pole Festival”), groups from Koga city each hoist a lantern on top of a bamboo pole nearly 20m high and jostle to extinguish other groups’ lanterns. 
The festival is believed to have originated in the Edo period in the Koga domain (present day Nogi in Tochigi Prefecture), where the Shinto priest of Nogi Shrine would ride around the seven villages that were part of the shrine’s territory on horseback, proudly bearing a kamihoko spear, one of Nogi Shrine’s goshintai (an object of worship believed to contain a deity). 
When he returned to the shrine in the early morning on December 3, his welcoming party, who carried lanterns, would ward off the cold until the priest arrived by tussling with each other. It is said that the original name of the festival was Okaeri, or ‘welcome back’.   





# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/181207chochin.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.kogakanko.jp/chochin/










「古河提灯竿もみまつり」茨城県古河市

Katsurai-sai at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.

Katsurai-sai at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.

1st December, 2018 | at Shiogama Jinja Shrine, Shiogama City, Miyagi Pref.
Although much more rarely used, there is also a third form of 'Shiogama', taking as its first kanji the old character for salt "鹽". The only incidence of this form in contemporary use is at Shiogama Jinja "鹽竈神社".   (*reference: Wiki)   





# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/181201siogama.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.shiogamajinja.jp/annualevent/











嘉津良比祭(宮城県塩竈市 鹽竈神社)

Nov 28, 2018

Nagoya Antique Fair at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi

Nagoya Antique Fair at Fukiage Hall, Nagoya City, Aichi

Over 200 stalls to explore at Chubu area’s largest antique’s fair. From kimonos and armour to toys and retro items, a wide range of both Japanese and Western antiques will be on sale.   (*reference: Nagoya International Center)   






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/180501nagoyaantique.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.nagoyakottousai.com/












名古屋骨董祭(名古屋市吹上ホール)

Nov 27, 2018

Doburoku Matsuri, Koami-jinja Shrine, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

Doburoku Matsuri, Koami-jinja Shrine, Chuo-ku, Tokyo

28th November, 2018 | Koami-jinja Shrine, Chuo-ku, Tokyo
Unrefined Sake Festival. Free sips of doburoku — unrefined Sake are served to visitors in prayer for a good harvest and good health. Sato kagura-mai, Shinto dance with music, designated as one of the National Important Intangible Folk Culture Properties, is presented in the shrine precincts.   






# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/181128drk.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.koamijinja.or.jp/topics.html










どぶろく祭(新嘗祭)小網神社社 東京都中央区日本橋小網町

Nov 26, 2018

In the Country of Fans, Japan at SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

In the Country of Fans, Japan at SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo

28th November, 2018 - 20th January, 2019 | SUNTORY MUSEUM of ART, Tokyo Midtown Galleria, Akasaka, Minato-ku, Tokyo
The ogi or folding fan was invented and developed in Japan. When and how the first folding fan came about is unknown. We do know, however, that by the end of the tenth century, folding fans were being presented to China and the Korean peninsula as tribute goods or special gifts. Chinese documents include new terms devised to differentiate this new type of fan from the conventional flat fan: “folding fan” or “Japanese fan,” for example. As those sources state, the folding fan was a Japanese original.   







# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/181128sun_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  https://www.suntory.com/sma/exhibition/2018_5/













扇の国、日本(サントリー美術館 東京都港区赤坂)

Yoshimura Yoshio: Beyond Hyper-realism at Tokyo Station Gallery, just outside the ticket gates at JR Tokyo Station's Marunouchi North Exit

Yoshimura Yoshio: Beyond Hyper-realism at Tokyo Station Gallery, just outside the ticket gates at JR Tokyo Station's Marunouchi North Exit

23rd November, 2018 - 20th January, 2019 | Tokyo Station Gallery, Marunouchi, Tokyo
Hyper-realism? A word too simple to describe his works. The drawing of wire netting that stretches over 17 meters. The 365 self-portraits he drew every day for a year. The newspapers he copied, letter by letter. All of the works created by Yoshimura Yoshio (1950 - 2013) are super-real, but also exude an unsettling strangeness that strikes the observer.   




# For the details, please access to the followings site;
[Seasonable Traditions & Japanese Culture] http://www.goldenjipangu.com/181123st_art.html
[Official Homepage of the Event]  http://www.ejrcf.or.jp/gallery/english/exhibition.html











「吉村芳生 超絶技巧を超えて」東京ステーションギャラリー(東京都千代田区丸の内)